Thursday, 2 May 2013

TRESemmé Instant Refresh Volumising Dry Shampoo (review)

Having tried TRESemmé's Instant Refresh Waterless Foam Shampoo and finding it unsuitable for my oily hair, I thought this powdery Volumising version – one of three rather similar rice starch based dry shampoos TRESemmé offer, the others being original and Radiance varieties – would be better suited for my hair type. It says on the packet it's designed 'for fine to oily hair' and promises it 'removes oil & boosts body', so it looks promising.
TRESemmé  Instant Refresh Volumising Dry Shampoo

And it delivers! It absorbs every trace of oil my hair can throw at it, which is very impressive. Even on hot, sweaty days this turns my lacklustre hair into a voluminous mountain of bouncy fibres. Like all dry shampoos it's easy to use, too. The powder sprays evenly and isn't as white as Batiste, so after leaving it on for a minute as directed then massaging it in it's almost invisible. TRESemmé say brushing is optional, but I disagree, you can still see slight traces of the product on your hair unless you carefully brush it through. 

That might be due to my reddy-brown hair colour, though.  And speaking of colour, TRESemmé rightly point out that using dry shampoos instead of washing your hair every day can help to preserve your colour, because regular washing helps to strip the colour molecules from each hair strand.  It would be good if TRESemmé could create some coloured dry shampoos instead of three rather similar performing white powder versions, though.

It may not be the cheapest dry shampoo on the market, but bearing in mind how well it performs its middle market price positioning seems justified. The 200 ml sized can lasts a fair amount of time, although an extra-large value size wouldn't go amiss, either.

The only downside is the fragrance. It's a weakened take on the citrus-scent from the Waterless Foam Shampoo; it's not strong enough here to really freshen my hair up properly. So while the volumising effects, texturising ability (great for fancy up-dos) and oil absorption are very good, it needs some perfume tweaking to really be a five star product.

Fantastic oil-absorbing properties
Fragrance is not strong enough
You can get really big hair with this!

Not a bad price


Brand: TRESemmé

Size: 200 ml
Price: £4.79 (£2.40/100 ml)

Manufactured: n/a

Ingredients: Butane, Propane, Isobutane, Alcohol Denat., Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Leaf Extract, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, PPG-3, Benzyl Ether Myristate, Centrimonium Chloride, Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal

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